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Putting out fires with garden hoses

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Where is the “can do” attitude? It has been sacked with a “can’t do” mentality.

Interestingly, the only two remaining members on the city council who brought the city over the financial cliff by voting for and securing a good-for-nothing $31 million bond debt — with nothing to show for it but for another debt of over a quarter of a million dollars in consulting fees, legal fees, and administrative costs — are the same two guys who chose to leave the city in a dangerous public safety dilemma.

If anyone was wondering who the two councilmen are that were referred to in the story “Bigger fish to fry than City Manager Richard Warne,” they are Councilmen Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin. They don’t want to pay for a fire department

Who would feel comfortable business in a remote desert city-village with a gutted fire department incapable of responding to more than one call at a time, or dealing with big alarm fires like schools or shopping centers, or seasonal emergencies or catastrophic natural disasters?

Like adventuresome day traders with other people’s money, the myopic two voted in the aforementioned 30 year taxpayers during one of America’s Greatest Recession, while they remain idle with an unwillingness to help pay for public safety and fire safety. This leaves one to ponder… what are they thinking?

Have their harebrained misdeeds have done more harm to the city than good? One of the two councilmen ought to be recalled; better yet, Mr. Mintz will you consider resigning?

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Branson Hunter

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"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

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  1. Good for Mayor Klink, a reasonable man with integrity. UPDATE: FYI these excerpts from today's Desert Trail:

    “I don’t want to make a decision tonight,” Mayor Joel Klink said at the end of the three-hour special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14.

    ...City Council plans to bring back the issue of providing fire services at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the council chambers at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road.

    The mayor asked for time to hold a meeting on Wednesday [sic-it's Thursday], Jan. 17, between himself, Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Mintz, Twentynine Palms Water District President Sam Moore and Vice President Bo Bourikas to review materials from the city attorney on a joint powers authority, and for the water district directors to hold their regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to discuss the city manager’s PowerPoint presentation.

    Full story Desert Trail
    http://www.hidesertstar.com/the_desert_trail/news/article_2ab1cc82-60d6-11e2-9edd-0019bb2963f4.html

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